Mazda MAZDA3 owners have reported 104 problems related to steering (under the steering category).
Suddenly loss of steering power when backing out of driveway.
See all problems of the 2005 Mazda MAZDA3.
Any time I proceed to make a turn, my wheel stiffens. Every light in my dashboard lights up. My radio cuts off and car stalls. This is very dangerous. There is a recall for this exact problem with this exact model of car but my VIN is not covered.
See all problems of the 2007 Mazda MAZDA3.
The car has 43000 power steering went out as I was driving causing a problem vehicle.
See all problems of the 2010 Mazda MAZDA3.
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda 3. While driving various speeds, the steering seized without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 10v374000 (steering), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000.
See all problems of the 2008 Mazda MAZDA3.
Steering wheel locks up while driving. Cannot maneuver. This happens randomly.
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Mazda3. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle however, the check engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle started to sputter. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed where it was diagnosed that the oxygen sensor was seized into the catalytic converter and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also stated that the steering had excessive movement, while driving. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 79,352.
Steering wheel locking up while driving, unable to turn the car.
Tl- the contact owns a 2007 Mazda m3. The contact stated that while the driver was driving at 45 mph, the steering wheel veered to the left and recovered but without warning, the failure recurred and caused the driver to crash into a cement barrier with enough force to ricochet into a guardrail on the opposite side of the road. The air bags deployed. No police report was filed. The driver and passenger did not sustain any injuries. The vehicle was deemed destroyed. The VIN was not included in the NHTSA campaign number: 10v374000(steering). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but no investigations were initiated. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. Jo.
The contact owns a 2006 Mazda Mazda3. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to steer the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000. The VIN was unavailable.
See all problems of the 2006 Mazda MAZDA3.
Tl-the contact owns a 2007 Mazda 3. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, power steering went out on the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 51,000. Ad.
Sudden loss of power steering while driving. Power gets lost, comes back, gets lost and so on about every second.
While driving, I slowed down and when turning, my wheel locked up and I had no control over my turn. My abs light flashed, along with the traction light. The radio turned off and then came back on. The wheel unlocked and luckily I was not turning where someone was stopped.
Steering wheel locked up on the highway as I was curving to the right. Caused my car to veer off the road and ran along a rail until the I braked the car. I could not turn the steering wheel and that caused the accident. Last year I had the Mazda serviced which they had fixed the recall supposedly. But this is the second time that this happened. I may not be lucky the next time.
Part 1 - 1. Complaint filed on 8/21/15 (arfc/NHTSA id 10750380) (denise from arfc ref 902722). As per instruction, I brought my car to an official, authorized repair Mazda dealer on 8/24/15 (liberty Mazda, wakefield, MA) for a diagnostic report to be done, which was completed. After the diagnostic report was completed, I kept my vehicle there for repair of the power steering completely not working. I faxed and mailed to the NHTSA, the diagnostic report, the total invoice of repair, proof of payment in full, as well as 3-4 more documents provided by liberty Mazda, and I have not yet received any update as of yet. I was told that due to my low mileage, many other complaints by 2006 Mazda 3 owners for the same issue have been filed, as well as the fact that this clearly is a "safety-related defect in the vehicle or equipment" (direct quote from odi. Nhtsa. Dot. Gov under "when is a recall necessary?, page 6 out of 20) was told that reimbursement for this costly repair would be issued by recall or by warranty due to my low mileage. Also quoting from odi. Nhtsa. Dot. Gov under "examples of defects considered safety-related", (page 7 out of 20), which states "steering components that break suddenly causing partial or complete loss of vehicle control. ", I absolutely feel that this reimbursement issue be addressed to me as soon as possible. 2. Air bags: I received an email from u. S. Dot NHTSA, dated Friday, 1/08/16 stating my car make/model/year may be involved in a safety recall based on NHTSA campaign id 15v869; subject: passenger air bag inflators may rupture. I then received another email on 2/6/16 stating my car make/model/year may be involved in another safety recall: manufacturer: Mazda north american operations; make / model years : Mazda / 2004-2006, subject: driver side air bag frontal inflator may rupture. . And I have yet to receive any separate.
Part 2 -(cont. ) complaint filed on 8/21/15 (arfc/NHTSA id 10750380) (denise from arfc ref 902722). Letters from my vehicle manufacturer providing necessary repair information etc. I am adding these complaints to my existing complaint, as during my initial diagnostic report, dated 8/24/15, I faxed and mailed to you, it states how my vehicle's air bag crash sensor is not working and is in the wrong position, which I had to decline to have fixed, as I am financially unavailable to pay for the repair cost. I feel this issue should also be addressed and covered as soon as possible due to the alarming above-mentioned e-mails I had received and believe that those issues are clearly related. And 3. (part 1) unknown/or other: as a result of having my power steering issue repaired (initial complaint), I was told after the repair by a mr. Carleton at liberty Mazda, wakefield, MA, that when my right directional signal is turned on, it now continuously clicks extremely fast (code b2899 rt directional - est for directional wiring to just start to locate the issue is listed on the submitted diagnostic report is $220. 00) but that it shouldn't effect me getting a new car inspection sticker or anything, so I had to decline fixing due to cost. (this issue is also included in the original diagnostic report as well, that I have faxed and mailed to you. ) I am also unable to afford to have this issue fixed as well, and for the fact that this problem did not exist at all before I originally brought my vehicle in to have the power steering fixed and this issue appeared after that, this should be covered in full and fixed by manufacturer; 3. (part 2. ) continuous issue beginning roughly 3-4 weeks of purchase (bought brand new, not used): clock in vehicle is set to the proper time, but will only last a month maybe at very most before it changes auto and displays a random time.
While driving on the highway I heard a loud clatter like a rock in the wheel well and the saw something bounce out from the side of my car. Moments later the car began to shake and veer to the left. I was able to move over and pull of to the side of the highway to find that my valve stem on my wheel had lost the nut holding it in place so that the valve fell into the tire leaving a large hole. After having the tire replaced (it was destroyed) I saw that the valve (which was part of the tpms) was corroded and could be easily snapped in half. Another of these valves had failed four months prior so I think this is a common problem. Mazda refuses to believe there is anything wrong with their part and suggests that I continue to drive with the remaining sensors.
See all problems of the 2009 Mazda MAZDA3.
My car was t-bone, it should not have been driven. My daughter was made to drive the damaged car home instead of using a tow truck to take it to the nearest body shop. The suspension was bent completely inwards (doughnut tire was used to drive the car home with a bent suspension). I was told by the insurance company to drive the car to the nearest shop they do business with, and I did. I asked the supervisor/adjuster to total the car before ever seeing the internal damage. I knew the car could not be repaired back to the way it was, almost new condition. We went back and forward about totaling the car. He refused to total only after pleading with him, he agreed to do so. After seeing the car stripped from lid of trunk, tires off, I saw the right tire completely bent inward. I was told it was supposed to be that way. I told the adjuster I did not want the car that it is destroyed, again I asked him to total the car. He said no, the car could be repaired. I was assured by the body shop owner that he would repair it back 100%. He did not. The shop kept my car approx. 2 months from the 15 days promised to be fixed. I picked up the car on 6/24/15. My daughter and I examined it and the back seat pulled away from the back and base of the seat; would not stay locked down. It pulled completely away from the back, out, and up; tail lights did not work; suspension was unbalanced, the car pulled left. The right suspension was lower about 5/8" lower than the left suspension; nail in tire which made the tire sensor light stay on; car smelled offer inside; it was not washed before given back to me; paint had dripped and dried up at the base of the car where repair work had been done; right door did not align; back panel did not align; suspension was not coated, left to rust out; radio had beeping sound when changing stations; my daughter has 13 month old who rides in the car.
See all problems of the 2012 Mazda MAZDA3.
The contact owns a 2015 Mazda Mazda3. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel seized without warning. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 2,000.
See all problems of the 2015 Mazda MAZDA3.
Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Mazda Mazda3. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle started to veer to the right causing the contact to crash into a fence and the mile marker. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an impound lot. A police report was not filed and no injuries were reported. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000. Djr.
The vehicle was coming around a turn at about 30 miles per house, when the vehicle's radio went off and steering locked up into manual and car was difficult to maneuver. When the brake was applied, the car stalled out and engine stopped. The vehicle was able to moved to side of the road and stop. The car was turned off and upon restart had to issues. Upon rest of return trip home, upon the application of the brake, the cars radio, thermometer gauge and general electronics would stop and reset when the brake was released and gas pedal applied.
Driving at approx 45,ph, car lost acceleration, power steering, and multiple engine lights on. Car moved to site of the road and towed to dealer.
While driver was backing car out of a parking space, the right front control arm that holds the right front wheel and axle broke in two, totally disabling the car. According to law enforcement personnel, had this occurred on the road, the following scenario would have taken place: the right front wheel slammed to the ground, the left control arm would have over-compensated and caused vehicle to swerve suddenly into the left lane, going into a skid and then flipping end-over-end through traffic, killing the driver and occupants of this car and causing a multi-car pile-up. Upon examination of the broken control arm, it was determined that this part, factory original, was made of welded metal, an inherently dangerous concept, since welded metal is weaker than a solid piece of steel. Obviously, Mazda cares more about cost-cutting than the safety of its customers. Upon contacting Mazda, their answer: powertrain warranty (that would not include this part) was expired; Mazda refused to accept any responsibility for this poor design.
Car stalled while driving ,lost power cant turn the wheel.
The contact owns a 2007 Mazda 3. While turning out of a parking lot, the steering wheel seized. The contact was required to use excessive force to turn the steering wheel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10v374000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.
The contact owns a 2005 Mazda 3. While driving approximately 38 mph around a ramp, the steering wheel seized and required excessive force to maneuver. The contact depressed the brake pedal and the engine suddenly stalled. The contact crashed the vehicle into a guardrail. There were no injuries and the vehicle was able to be restarted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10v374000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 169,000.
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